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Newcomers to the Cove: Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving. I prefer “thanks and giving.” It’s the time of year when we celebrate God’s provision as we enjoy a sumptuous feast of turkey with all the traditional trimmings and perhaps a football game. It is appropriate to be grateful. We...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Schools

Nancy and I went camping several weeks ago at Black Moshannon State Park in northern Centre County. Several small villages thrived there from the early nineteenth century until the timber supply ran...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Claysburg

A few months ago I wrote a series about how towns in Morrisons Cove got their names. Claysburg, although not located in the Cove per se, is a neighboring community and a de facto member of our neighborhood. This is apparent as one reads our...

 
 By Joseph Walk    Opinion    August 25, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: Our Newest Citizen

Nancy and I have recently closed a unique chapter in our new life in the Cove. Our church hosts an ESL (English as a second language) program. As part of that initiative, for the past nine months we...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    July 28, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: August

After two years living in Morrisons Cove, I’ve decided August is my favorite month. There is so much to like about August. I find the weather to be pleasant with less rain than in May through July, on average. Warm temperatures at the start of the...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: The Pledge

Mark Twain is credited with writing, “Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time and your government when it deserves it.” There is some logic in that statement. Mark Twain knew the foibles of government, but he was also a patriotic...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: When Are We No Longer the "New People?"

As newcomers to the area, it occurs to us that we are still, well, “new folks.” So when do newcomers become legitimate members of the Cove? When are we no longer the new guys? These questions may seem rhetorical but I believe they have merit....

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    April 28, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: And More Cove Names

This is the third and final article about names in the Cove written from a newcomer’s perspective. It was fun figuring out why places in the Cove were so named. Rodman is located in Taylor Township between Roaring Spring and McKee. Two iron...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: More Cove Names

As promised, here is a continuation of some geographic names in the Cove. As newcomers, it is always interesting to learn how local towns and other geographical areas were named. Much of the information I gleaned was from the excellent booklet,...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: Cove Names

Editor’s Note: This column was published in the Feb. 24 edition of the Herald. The version published was incomplete due to a filing error. Nancy and I camped at Shawnee State Park one week last fall and chatted with “neighbor” campers about...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Cove Names

Nancy and I camped at Shawnee State Park one week this fall and chatted with “neighbor” campers about the local area. The conversation turned to Everett because one of the campers was from there. I asked how the town got its name. The resident...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Apple Butter

Covites love to eat apple butter. Even a newcomer like me can be obsessed about apple butter. It’s a veritable staple of my diet. In September our family convened to create sweet, delicious apple... Full story

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Harvest Time

Corn. Sweet corn! How Nancy and I love to eat corn on the cob grown here in the Cove! From July until early October, we enjoy delicious kernels of sweet goodness. We buy from several local establishments, trying to determine which we like best ...

 

Buggies in the Cove

As new Covites, Nancy and I regularly observe things that were uncommon at our previous dwelling locations. For example, we see the ubiquitous horse-drawn black buggy and plain people wearing simple yet consistent clothing. In late summer we traveled...

 

Veterans Day in the Cove

As I was scanning the “Club News” section in a recent Shoppers Guide, I noticed the Bedford County Veterans Association was meeting to discuss the Veterans Day parade. In the Sept. 16 Morrisons Cove Herald, there was an article entitled “Cove...

 

Newcomers to the Cove

The GMC started immediately. We were finally underway, heading back to Blair County after living a year in Tucson. The parting, although bittersweet, was welcomed because we were ready to resume our lives in a place we enjoy, a place where we know...

 

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